November 25, 2014

Making the UK a safer place

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When things go seriously wrong – caused by natural hazards like the weather, major incidents, accidents or catalysts of havoc, such as individual/group acts aimed at maximising damage – the emergency services need a secure way to plan and coordinate their response, often across geographical and organisational boundaries.

Using CDS’ expertise in developing our Objective Collaboration™ application the Cabinet Office established the ‘ResilienceDirect™’ platform – a secure web-based browser tool.

Luana Avagliano, Head of the ResilienceDirect Team at the Cabinet Office

Luana Avagliano, Head of the ResilienceDirect Team at the Cabinet Office, was one of the guest speakers at the UK Technology Enhanced Emergency Services Forum (UKTEES) in Liverpool on 26 November 2014. CDS was at the event to demo ResilienceDirect™ and wider applications that rely on Objective Collaboration™. 

Wider application

The principles behind Objective Collaboration™, which underpins much of ResilienceDirect™, can be used by any organisation to plan, manage and coordinate projects and responses.

Objective Collaboration™ is a business tool for leaders that offers control, security and governance. It drives and directs collaboration, to create a consensus that delivers valuable assets as opposed to simply enabling unmanageable social interaction and “chatter”.

CDS’ collaboration platform can for example also be used for HR, training and many other applications for organisations in sectors as diverse as finance, transport and government.

Emergency responders

Use case: ResilienceDirect™

ResilienceDirect™ offers real time information sharing for emergency responders and it helps to facilitate multi-agency collaboration.

Activities include:

  • sharing emergency plans among Local Resilience Forum (LRF) members and others such as national/sub-national partner organisations and neighbouring LRFs
  • maintaining awareness of forthcoming exercises, events and meetings, and accessing related documentation such as agendas and minutes
  • sharing situation reports and briefings between local responders, to enable integrated management of events and consistent provision of information to the public
  • communicating situation reports to lead government departments and/or COBR, facilitating national coordination/action in response to an incident if necessary
  • gathering and reviewing comments on new policies or plans before publication, and collating lessons learned following events
  • managing contact information to ensure a single, up-to-date version of distribution lists
  • issuing news and guidance from central government to local responders via the Resilience Gateway

The Civil Contingencies Act 2004 requires that emergency responders cooperate and share information in order to efficiently and effectively prepare for, and respond to, emergencies and ensure that action is coordinated. ResilienceDirect™ helps organisations to fulfil these duties by supporting the adoption of common working practices, and ensuring that key information is readily and consistently available to users.

Arrange a demo

Please contact us to arrange a demo of our Objective Collaboration™ web browser based platform. Any organisation, from central government to the financial sector could benefit from this tool.

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